I framed the photos and put one on each side of the desk. At this point, the room is still very plain, in need of some customization. I tried to personalize this room as well as embellish a lot of items, so many in fact, I could have called this post, "before and afters".
Next, I added some detail to the shelves. I purchased some black and white ribbon and used a glue stick to attach it to the shelving. The ribbon can be removed later without damaging the shelf.
In the three drawer chests, I used the one on the right to store her sticker books, coloring books and/or school supplies. I labeled each of the drawers and kept things very simple to make it easy to put things away. I also downsized a lot of stuff. When I started she had three gallon zip loc bags of crayons. She has less than one now. At seven years old, or any age, you have to keep things simple and have less stuff. The more stuff they have, the harder it will be to stay organized. I also talked to the mother and daughter about the one in/out rule. When you buy something new, something has to go. In the entire room, you will also notice that I create finite amounts of space for things. That helps keeps things manageable.
To keep things youthful, I added some color to the top of the three drawer chests. I found this print in the gift wrap aisle and thought it would be perfect for the dresser tops. I purchased glass tops for each of the dressers. I purchased magazine holders at IKEA and then attached labels to the polka dot ribbon and put that in each of the label holders.
Next is a picture of the shelf, picture frame and three drawer chest.
Another photo. The polka dot ribbon really pops against the green walls.
I had the chair painted black and suddenly, it all came together.
While I am on the topic of before and afters, I'll show you a cow that I madeover for the bookshelf, which I'll show tomorrow. This room cost approximately $1300 or so-most of the budget went for the bigger ticket items like the new wood laminate floor, the rug, the bookshelf, the vanity and the chest of drawers. For the accessories, I spent very little. I found this cow at a second hand store and repainted it then added a little bling.